In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
On Aug. 8, I read an article written by Dan Tamblo, a good writer. I have also read a few other articles about The Lakes and the proposed residential housing project in this paper. I agree with those homeowners (51 percent or more, I hope) who do not support further residential development at The Lakes Golf Course.
Unless you keep close track of obscure holidays and observances, you probably didn’t know that August is “What Will Be Your Legacy? Month.” Still, you might want to use this particular month as a useful reminder to take action on what could be one of your most important financial goals: leaving a meaningful legacy.
I’ve seen it multiple times, but it never fails to amaze me just how fragile our lives, as well as all the stuff of our lives really are. One of the summer storms bouncing around the Valley at this time of year brought wind and rain ripping through our church campus. It tore up trees and threw around the roof tiles like a 2 year old in full tantrum mode. The storm was all over and done in the space of about 10 minutes, yet restoring some semblance of order took several days. The emotional impact of the scene of devastation, and the physical work also took its toll, even as we give thanks that no one was injured.
Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation generated by the Save the Lakes group related to the closed Ahwatukee Lakes golf course. It is time to set the record straight on what currently appears to be the sole solution on a sustainable use for the second life of the former Lakes golf course:
June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married next month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your finances. It might not sound glamorous, but couples who quickly “get on the same page” regarding their financial situation are actually taking a step that can help them immensely as they build their lives together.
Each and every one of us will walk a different path down the road of life, and yet students are expected to follow a systematized process known as the education system. Just doing well in school these days is not enough to carry students on to the next step, it takes something extra within. These days, we are seeing students struggling to get through the school system effectively; only 30 percent of students attending a four-year, public university graduate within the expected four-year path. These days it is taking students five, six, even seven years to get a Bachelor’s degree and I’ve discovered the reason why. It’s an ancient truth that can be observed on any campus, in any classroom, at any workplace.
When purchasing a home, there is always a balance in priorities between getting the home that you really want and saving money. Much of the costs (price, interest rates, property taxes, insurance, etc.) seem to be dictated by factors outside of our control. There are a few things, however, that you can do before, during and after your home purchase that might save you a few hundred (or even a few thousand) bucks.
It’s a conundrum many parents face: what to do with the steady flow of drawings, paintings, collages and more that children bring home from school and camp? Which are the keepers and — besides sticking them up on the refrigerator with magnets — how can you display them creatively?
The Ahwatukee Foothills News recently talked to Chiemi Karasawa, director of the new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” The film offer’s a glimpse into the life of Stritch, a Broadway legend and clearly the most outgoing actress over 85 working today.
If you have ever watched “Alice in Wonderland” you probably remember the immortal words of the unpunctual White Rabbit, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” Whether you are looking forward to college or are already there, now is the time to make it a habit to be early to whatever task, meeting, appointment, party, and class you must attend. I can tell you, now being in the professional world and from my time in college, that if you have somewhere to be, you do not want to be running behind. It’s why I am now committed to the “five minute rule.”
Maybe you work long hours. Maybe you or your spouse are away for work many weeks out of the year. Maybe you’re a single parent. Or maybe your kids are all different ages. But no matter what your family situation is, you wish to find some sort of fitness regimen, which will fit into your busy schedule, as well as find something that everyone can be involved in and have fun in the process.
About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through.
Are you a member of the “Sandwich Generation?” This designation — which applies to people caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children — may be applicable to you if you’re either a younger baby boomer, born in the late 1950s or early 1960s, or an older member of “Generation X,” born in the mid-1960s. But any way you slice it, being in the “Sandwich” group is probably going to present you with some challenges, particularly of the financial kind — so you’ll need to make the right moves.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald